Posted by: Mar 05, 2017

The 2017 Session of the Florida Legislature will include consideration of 16 beverage-related bills.

The 2017 regular session of the Florida Legislature kicks off Tuesday, March 7, 2017. This 2-month session will see the consideration of 16 bills that could affect the Florida beverage industry as soon as July. While it is unlikely that all of these bills will reach a floor vote, one of them–Senate Bill 106–is already close to getting a full vote.

For a refresher on how a bill goes from being introduced to becoming law in Florida, check out the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association’s excellent summary called Understanding Florida’s Legislative Process.

The following chart provides a summary of the bills. We’ll check back in on the status of these bills at the session’s midpoint.

Bill #

Sponsor

Companion

Summary

Status

HB 81AvilaSB 106Eliminates the single-purpose restriction on package stores.

Allows employment of minors at stores that derive less than 30% of revenue from sale of alcoholic beverages.

Referred to Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Commerce Committee

Favorable by Careers and Competition Subcommittee; YEAS 8 NAYS 7

On Committee agenda– Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, 03/07/17, 1:00 pm, Morris Hall

HB 141StevensonSB 166Allows craft distilleries to have tasting rooms.

Allows certified Florida Craft Distilleries to conduct tastings and sales at fairs, trade shows, expositions, and festivals.

Reduces annual license fee to $1,000 for craft distilleries.

Referred to Careers and Competition Subcommittee, Ways and Means Committee, and Commerce Committee
HB 423La RosaSB 388Prohibits wine retail coupons  provided by manufacturer or distributor.

Allows breweries and vendors to engage in financial transactions that do not involve the direct sale or distribution of beer between manufacturer and vendor.

Referred Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
HB 679ClemonsSB 554Allows self-distribution of kegs only by breweries that do not have a distribution agreement and product no more than 7,000 half-barrel kegs per year.Referred to Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
HB 689BurtonSB 400Allows smaller restaurants to qualify for special retail license.

Eliminates the temporary license fee on transfer of a license.

Reduces the annual license fee for craft distilleries to $1,000.

Referred to Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Ways and Means Committee; Commerce Committee
HB 853GoodsonSB 1040Brewery or importer may give branded glassware to vendors for on-premises consumption.Referred to Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
HB 983AltmanSB 1254Person who knowingly serves a visibly intoxicated person or a minor is liable for injury and damage caused by that person.

Service of a minor is deemed to be with knowledge unless the minor provided a government issued ID.

Referred to Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee; Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
HB 1069BrodeurSB 750Franchisor may not terminate a franchise except for good cause.

Applies to “craft beer franchises.”

Filed
SB 106FloresHB 81Prohibits package stores within 1,000 feet of schools.

Eliminates single-purpose restriction for package stores after a specific time period.

Allows employment of minors at stores that derive less than 30% of revenue from sale of alcoholic beverages.

Referred to Regulated Industries; Rules

CS by Regulated Industries; YEAS 9 NAYS 1

CS/CS by- Rules; YEAS 7 NAYS 4

Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 166SteubeHB 141Allows craft distilleries to have tasting rooms.

Allows certified Florida Craft Distilleries to conduct tastings and sales at fairs, trade shows, expositions, and festivals.

Referred to Regulated Industries; Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations

CS by Regulated Industries; YEAS 5 NAYS 4

Now in Commerce and Tourism

SB 388HutsonHB 423Prohibits wine retail coupons  provided by manufacturer or distributor.

Allows breweries and vendors to engage in financial transactions that do not involve the direct sale or distribution of beer between manufacturer and vendor.

Referred to Regulated Industries; Commerce and Tourism; Rules
SB 400PerryHB 689Allows smaller restaurants to qualify for special retail license

Eliminates the temporary license fee on transfer of a license

Reduces the annual license fee for craft distilleries to $1,000.

Referred to Regulated Industries; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations

On Committee agenda– Regulated Industries, 02/22/17, 12:30 pm, 301 Senate Office Building –Temporarily Postponed

SB 554YoungHB 679Allows self-distribution of kegs only by breweries that do not have a distribution agreement and product no more than 7,000 half-barrel kegs per year.Referred to Regulated Industries; Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations

CS by Regulated Industries; YEAS 6 NAYS 3

Now in Commerce and Tourism

SB 750LatvalaHB 1069Protect Florida Small Business Act.

Does not apply to brewery-distributor relationship

Referred to Regulated Industries; Judiciary; Rules
SB 1040ArtilesHB 853Allows brewery or importer to give vendor branded glassware for on-premises consumption.Filed
SB 1254RousonHB 983Person who knowingly serves a visibly intoxicated person or a minor is liable for injury and damage caused by that person.

Service of a minor is deemed to be with knowledge unless the minor provided a government issued ID.

Filed